Recipe Marathon Day 4: Easy Vegetable Seekh Kebabs

I am a big fan of street food, chaat and tikkis. There was this small chaat shop near vitan in Mylapore and they used to make this awesome pav bhaji and bhel puri. Slowly, the tension of studies, thesis and work took over and I didn’t have time to go out in the evenings and grab some chaat. I got a bag of haldirams or banana chips or lays and munched them.

But when I went home for a vacation after long time(2 years) and after a scorching summer (We hit 110 a couple of days in TX), all tanned and clothes hanging everywhere, I was not able to eat the usual meals properly.

Sis and Brother in Law took me to this place one evening for dinner. If I remember well the place was Mirchi’s. They had this real, fire pit set up under each table and the appetizers were vegetarian kebabs of every kind you can think of. Though I have been to kebab factory and similar places, this concept was unique. Some of the kebabs were well done and they were warming in this BBQ pit on the table and some were cooking and we were able to toss them in to our plates depending on the done-ness we liked. I was so hungry and for a change, some one was cooking for me! I kept feasting on the kebabs (must have gobbled a dozen at least) when BIL looked at me kindly and reminded that there was a full buffet as well :)

It was embarrassing that I ate till I looked like I am going to burst, but they gave the best gift I ever got in a long time- good food and rest. Even if you are an adult and can run your own show, sometimes you just wish you were a kid, am I correct?

My mouth is watering now to even think of their golden-brown kebabs. This is a recipe from my sister and this book like the previous biryani and this is a healthy version of kebab as we use dried fruits and nuts and vegetables. I guess the restaurant used fresh nuts,figs and dates as that was the harvest season and boy, the fruits just melt and caramelize beautifully.

And this is what I am going to taste with tea during this recipe marathon , come on in with a blanket and make yourself comfortable by the grill!

Ingredients: (makes 6 cylinders)

Boiled Potatoes -3 (Medium size)
Grated Carrot- 1 medium size
Frozen peas -1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Tandoori masala- 3/4 tsp
Cashew nuts and almonds- 4 tsp (together)
Raisins- 3 tsp
Dates- 6 each
Chopped Green chilies-3
Ginger-garlic paste- 1/4 tsp
Butter- 1 tbsp
Chopped Cilantro- 2 tbsp
Sun flower oil- 2 tbsp
Bamboo Skewers -4


Mash the boiled potatoes. Remove the seeds from the dates. Finely chop raisins, dates and nuts. Soak the skewers in water for 10-15 minutes so that the dry sticks won’t catch fire when they are baking/grilling.


Heat one teaspoon oil in a pan and add grated carrots, mashed potatoes and peas. Add salt, stir fry them well, add ginger garlic paste and the tandoori masala powder. (If you do not use tandoori masala powder, use a mix of cumin powder, coriander powder and red chili powder).

Add the chopped green chilies and cilantro.

Do not add water but make sure that the vegetables are stir fried well. At the final stage, add nuts, dates and raisins and mix well. Add the butter and mash it well with the veggies . Let it cool. Divide it in to equal parts.


Take a skewer out of the water. Take one part of the kebab mixture. Dab it with a tea spoon of water so that it will hold it shape and make like a kebab (cylinderical) around the skewer. Arrange all other kebabs in a similar way. Brush with a bit of oil on top of the kebabs.

Baking: I baked these kebabs at 375 oven for 10 minutes each side as N tends to smoke them so much :)

Grilling : If grilling, wait till both sides are golden brown. Do not keep turning the kebab.

Pan frying: I made some patties as well, with the same veggie-nuts mixture and I shallow fried them in a tea spoon of sun flower oil till each side was golden brown. The raisins and dates may caramelize when you pan fry and the patties may get a brown color but that’s OK.

Serve the kebabs with a slice of lemon and ketchup. Enjoy with a cup of steaming hot chai and a favorite movie.


This is what we have been offering for the past few days during the marathon hosted by Nupur of One hot stove :

Day 1: December 25 : See the recipes here

Day 2: December 26: Check out what’s cooking here

Day 3: December 27: Still going strong, see the delicious recipes here

I am sending this easy vegetable seekh kebabs to for Oraphan’s Easy Veggie 50th Post celebrations.

I am glad that you visited us for tea. Waiting to see you all tomorrow with some “steaming” stuff to feast on.

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16 Comments to “Recipe Marathon Day 4: Easy Vegetable Seekh Kebabs”

  1. Cham says:

    Veg kebab looks yummy! Would be a perfect appetizer!

  2. indosungod says:

    They look so good. I am craving for some now. I like the kabob shaped ones. Baked you say? I can do them like now.

    We used to visit a place in Mylapore (Luz Corner) called Shanti Vihaar which I still think served the best samosas I have ever tested but this Mirchi place sounds like the one to visit.

  3. Nupur says:

    That looks truly incredible! I can just imagine the flavors with nuts and dry fruits. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  4. Koki says:

    I am drooling over the pictures… wonderful recipe

  5. ruchikacook says:

    Thanks Cham.

    Indo sun god, yup, baked them and invited you home too :)
    Luz corner used to be my fav place to hang out(once upon a time, long long ago, so long ago….)

    Thanks for hosting Nupur. We all are having great fun in this marathon.

    Koki, loved the cheese tooth part..Might turn up there one day..

  6. Sheetal says:

    I am there with blankets and an extra dabba too! Yep, yep … would love to be a kid again anyday … just don;t want to give any Math exams ever! Dates is such an interesting addition, I really like the play of spices and sweet tastes in this kebab recipe!

  7. sayantani says:

    wow Ruchika you made veg sheekh kabab…they look scrumptious. never made these so bookmarked.besides I also love to feast on chaats. they are the best thing you can have

  8. Oraphan says:

    Oh, these veggie kebabs look so yummy! What an interesting way of cooking! Your cooking marathon sounds like a lot of fun, YUM! I can’t wait to come back to read more:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me this wonderful link, I really appreciate your time. The rule is you have to name your dish starting with “Easy Veggie…” but I’m flexible so your participation is well accepted:)

  9. Rujuta says:

    Hi Ruchikha,

    I saw your comment and thought of visiting your blog. You have a great blog and wonderful pictures .
    The Seekh Kebabs look mouth watering. I must try them too.

  10. notyet100 says:

    umm gonna try this soon…my mom will luv this

  11. Pavani says:

    Kebabs look delicious. Loved the adddition of dry fruit & nuts.. Will give these a try soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Ashwini says:

    I am big lover of BBQ food. This is a nice recipe, infact was searching for it for quite some time. Thanks a bunch. Nice dinner treat, esp with a dash of lime and some chutney on the side.

  13. Mona says:

    They look yummy!

  14. Ramya says:

    I wish I had this tidbit of information last summer before I visited Chennai.Next time I am heading to Mirchi’s.Love the kebabs.Healthy and easy with ingredients in most people’s pantry:)

  15. ruchikacook says:

    Sheetal, drop in anytime, I can baby sit little tykes while you can chill out.

    same here sayantani , chaat lover!

    Thanks Oraphan. Saw your post,Happy Anniversary to you!

    Thanks Pavani and notyet100.

    Glad that you liked it Ashwini.

    Ramya, sorry to disappoint you..sis lives in the middle east, not madras but if you do find any good kebab place when you visit madras..let me know :)

  16. Oraphan says:

    Hi Ruchikacook,
    I’m SO so sorry that I didn’t post the link to your recipe. I just made a mistake, I didn’t notice that you were the first one who posted the recipe. I’ve been sick and very busy with everything so I didn’t get to draw the participation prizes yet. Just wanted to let you know that I added your link and you still have a chance to win. Sorry again and thank you so much for letting me know. I’ll come back to visit you again as soon as I can. (I hope you’ll forgive me, please..please… please)!!!

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